Just past the quarter pole in the 2010 season. Not much has changed since Week 1, really, since we still don't know who's good and who isn't. Let's go!
1.) Baltimore (3-1) [+7]
Probably the most impressive win of the week, though New England might have something to say about it. Baltimore didn't look great for much of the game, but that last play saved the day and kept them with a winning record. It'll be great to see how the AFC North shakes out, because everybody is competitive. Yup, including Cleveland, apparently. Whether the Ravens keep their place at the top is subject to change. Not a lot of consistency so far.
2.) Kansas City (3-0) [no change]
Sometimes the best thing that can happen is not playing. Kansas City had an early bye, and now they're the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Hard to believe? I didn't see this coming, for sure. But I can't move them up or down since they didn't play. So they stay at 2 this week, with a couple tough games to follow.
3.) New England (3-1) [+3]
One of the few teams to actually win a couple games in a row, the Patriots had a very impressive win last night. With all that special teams dominance, Tom Brady barely had to do anything.
4.) NY Jets (3-1) [+6]
Riding high after a three-game winning streak (all in the division too), the Jets are looking pretty good. In fact, their only loss is to the 1st place team in these Rankings, and that's not too bad after a quarter of the season. I doubt they'll have it quite as easy as they did against Buffalo, but this should be a 12 win team.
5.) Atlanta (3-1) [no change]
They pulled it out against San Francisco, but other more impressive performances keep the Falcons from moving up. You can't beat an 0-3 team by three points and expect to move up.
6.) Green Bay (3-1) [-]
A win is a win, I guess. Yes, it was closer than it should have been, but they pulled it out and get back into the Rankings. It is a bit of a surprise that the defense would give up that many points to a bad team. But now they're tied for the division lead and look like the far better team after the Bears stunk out the joint.
7.) New Orleans (3-1) [-]
Another team with a barely classifiable win in Week 4, New Orleans came out somewhat strong, but then fumbled away scoring opportunities, literally. Going in at home against Carolina, I expected a beatdown of epic proportions. What I got was nothing close to that. Carolina should have won that game, really. But the Saints refused to lose this time, and thanks to John Carney, they didn't.
8.) Houston (3-1) [-]
For once, the Texans went on the road and got a win against a bad team. Those who were expecting stumbles were almost proven right, but Houston pulled it out at the end. Is Arian Foster the best RB in the AFC? Or the NFL? Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson might have a claim to it, and LaDainian Tomlinson is rounding back into form. Can the Texans keep this up? I think so, because of Foster. But I wouldn't bet on it just yet.
9.) Pittsburgh (3-1) [-8]
Losing is tough in these Rankings. Consistency is prized above all else, as is remaining undefeated for the longest period of time. That's how I roll. That said, the Steelers are far from a bad team. In fact, they managed to stay in the Rankings because no one else is any better. That might not sound like a good thing, really. But there it is.
10.) Chicago (3-1) [-7]
I really wanted someone else to come in and take the Bears' spot. But no one did. Thanks to Philadelphia and Indianapolis going belly up (among others), Chicago gets a reprieve from the axe and takes the bottom spot this week. Don't get me wrong, Chicago played terribly, and really have no business in this week's Rankings despite being 3-1. Losing to that team after their previous two games was really inexcusable. At any rate, they're tied for the division lead and own the tiebreaker, for now.
See you next week. Thanks for reading.